For Teens, Religious Involvement Prevents Early Sex But Early Sex Kills Religious Involvement

From The Sexual Health Laboratory Relatively extensive evidence has established that more religious adolescents tend to delay first sexual intercourse. In a paper that Sara Vasilenko and I published last year, we wanted to examine whether this association, usually assumed to be in this direction (from religiosity to sexual behavior), was actually bidirectional. We used the 100 participants from the University Life Study who transitioned to first intercourse between their first and seven semester in college. Our findings demonstrated that 12 months… Read more

Deliver Them From Evil: Teaching Your Children to Resist the Occult

Yesterday, I posted an article about what parents needed to know about a new “game” that middle-school children are playing in which they attempt to summon an erstwhile demon named “Charlie” who answers questions about their life and their future.  It is an international phenomenon that has caught the attention of reputable news outlets such as the BBC.  See my previous article here for the backstory. One of the questions that emerges from the story is, “Why are we so… Read more

Man & Twin Hurt Hurling Bricks at Each Other During Argument

Now, here are two guys who could really have used a copy of God Help Me, These People Are Driving Me Nuts! From FOXNews–“Well, they’re worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after officials say an argument ended with them hurling the projectiles at each other.  The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Michael and James Remelius were arguing in the front yard of a home last week when Michael first threatened to throw a brick at his brother. According to a police… Read more

Where’s Charlie? What Catholic Parents Need to Know About “the Charlie Challenge”

It seems to have come out of nowhere and gone viral in an instant.  There is a new “game” sweeping middle schools called “The Charlie Challenge.”  Superficially, it seems like a silly, harmless, childish fantasy.  Kids make a grid on a piece of paper that says, “yes/no.”  They make an X out of two pencils and attempt to summon an erstwhile demon named “Charlie.”  Then they ask him questions which he answers by moving the pencils.  It’s rather creepy to… Read more

Living Inauthentically Causes Us to Feel Morally Tainted

According to a report published by PsychCentral.  A new study suggest that the human drive for authenticity — being true to ourselves and living in accordance with our values — is so fundamental that we feel immoral or impure when we hide our true colors. This sense of impurity then leads us to engage in cleansing or charitable behaviors as a way of clearing our conscience, according to researchers. “Our work shows that feeling inauthentic is not a fleeting or cursory phenomenon,… Read more

Feelings of Awe Inspire Greater Generosity, New Study Finds

According to a story published at PsychCentral, “People who experience feelings of awe tend to exhibit more altruistic, helpful, and positive social behaviors, according to a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “Our investigation indicates that awe, although often fleeting and hard to describe, serves a vital social function. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others,” said lead author Paul Piff, Ph.D.,… Read more

The Divine Human: New Age Blasphemy or Christian Destiny?

(The following is excerpted from my forthcoming book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart (available in stores June 2, 2015).  Pre-Order your copy TODAY!) There is an ancient, yet still surprising and little known Christian doctrine that asserts God’s intention to make each of us a god; perfect, immortal, and partaking in his very own divinity for all of eternity.  This teaching, known by theologians as the doctrine of theosis or divinization is the… Read more

Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It’s a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game–whether serving or being served–we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won’t be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin… Read more

Your Cheatin’ Heart: This Risk Factor Doubles Chance of Infidelity

From The Science of Relationships In a recent study of about 300 college students, researchers wanted to find out if individuals are more or less likely to cheat as a function of whether their parents ever knocked boots with someone that wasn’t ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ (while married to mom or dad). Students were asked whether or not they had ever cheated on a romantic partner (30% said yes) as well as whether their mom or dad had ever cheated on… Read more

From the “This Is a Terrifying Study” Files…

  Hitmen succeed in contract killing where they successfully bury any feelings or emotions, a study into the psychology of novice assassins has found. Hired killers who consider themselves strategists or businessman, doing ‘just a job’ as one hitman described it, can convince themselves they are dealing with a target rather than a person, research by a team of criminologists revealed.  Read More Wow. I’d love to see the Craig’s List ad soliciting people for this research project. On second… Read more

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